Overall spending on construction in New York declined by 12 percent last year, according to a study released by the New York Building Congress and reviewed byDavid Perecman, from the Perecman Firm.
In the same period of time, the number of construction jobs dropped more than 15 percent.
As construction work has slowed, so have the number of construction site deaths and injuries. There was a 28% decrease in construction-related accidents in New York City in 2010 compared to 2009, reported the city Buildings Department. New York construction accident lawyer Perecman believes the decline in construction site injuries and deaths can be attributed mostly to economic factors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics supports this belief.
“You can’t get injured on the construction job if you’re not working,” said Perecman
According to the Department of Buildings, in 2010 there were 157 reported construction accidents compared to 218 in 2009. Four 2010 construction accidents resulted in the death of a construction worker, a 78 percent decrease in fatal construction accidents from 2008.
In addition to the recession, the drop in construction site injuries can be attributed to stricter safety standards, increased safety programs, and greater industry member awareness.
“Despite the decline in construction accident injuries and deaths in New York,” Perecman said, “construction workers should still be alert to and aware of the potential safety hazards and safety concerns on the job.”
Many times, construction accidents can be prevented with more workplace training and greater commitment to safety on the job site. Deadlines, time constraints, and a lackadaisical attitude often are contributing factors to a number of preventable accidents.
David Perecman and lawyers at the construction accident law firm, The Perecman Firm, have handled all kinds of construction accident cases in New York. Construction accident lawyer Perecman not only understands New York State laws but lectures to other New York City personal injury lawyers and court personnel on construction accident law.
For over 30 years, Perecman and The Perecman Law Firm have worked with construction workers and their families in New York to re-build their lives after a construction accident. New York construction accident lawyer Perecman has many of the highest verdicts in New York City and New York State for construction accident cases